Title: Modern mathematics at the 1959 OEEC Seminar at Royaumont
Authors: De Bock, Dirk
Vanpaemel, Geert
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Department of Education, Uppsala University
Host Document: "Dig where you stand" 3. Proceedings of the Third Conference on the History of Mathematics Education pages:151-168
Conference: International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education (ICHME) edition:3 location:Uppsala, Sweden date:September 25-28, 2013
Abstract: The OEEC Seminar on New Thinking in School Mathematics, held from November 23 to December 5, 1959 at the Cercle Culturel de Royaumont (France) is considered a turning point in the history of the New Math movement, both in Europe and in the United States. In spite of its generally accepted historical importance, the historical circumstances of the Seminar are but little known. Based on a close reading of the published report of the Seminar, some first hand testimonies of participants and critical reviews published in several journals, we attempt to reconstruct the events at the Seminar and to unearth the strategies employed to present a seemingly unanimous view on school mathematics. Our findings point to a much more critical response to Dieudonné’s proposals than is usually implied in general accounts.
ISBN: 978-91-506-2444-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
Research Centre for Educational Research & Development, Campus Brussels (-)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous

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